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Five If By Mail

How exciting is it to be told you’re getting a surprise in the mail?  It’s very exciting, especially when you know that the surprise is model kits, and that the person sending them has a pretty good read on what it is that you appreciate in a kit. Of course you out there know that […]

Lumpy and Violent: Perfect!

There’s nothing like taking a perfectly good aerodynamic shape and throwning extra lumps on it. This is a common enough practice, as some of the most finely-crafted and refined aeronautical shapes have, over the years, grown to have large “hunchback” spines. Thuds, F-16s and Skyhawks all did it, and so did the MiG-21! I, personally, […]

First, and Still the Fattest!

Some planes are known for their sleek lines futuristic design. Others are known for their performance or load carrying capabilities. Some are known for a combination of these. However, there’s a plane that had pretty much none of that going for it. As the Navy’s first monoplane fighter, the Brewster F2A Buffalo was just that […]

From Hay Wagon to SAM Launcher – Just add Natter!

If the whole concept of a semi-expendable wooden (or even cardboard, as was proposed!) Vertical Take-Off rocket interceptor doesn’t sound wacky enough, imagine trying to launch it! When the Luftwaffe high command decided to back he Bachem Ba-349 Natter point defence interceptor, they realized it would only be useful if it could be moved around. […]

A Fool and His Money…

You know what they say, right? Well, a great place to separate modellers and their money is, of course, a model show’s vendor area! The HeritageCon 13 show on March 24, 2019, was no exception. Of course, it would have been foolish NOT to have snapped up the epic kits I found! For more info […]

Back to Basics!

Basic training is an essential part of any airforce’s curriculum. Let’s face it, you can’t fly a Mach 2 superfighter if you don’t know your pitch from your yaw, and you think a Dutch Roll is something you eat for dinner! One of the classic aircraft used for such basic flight training was the Percival […]

A “Norm” Not as Many Know…

Whereas the denizens of the bar Cheers would gleefully exclaim “Norm!” whenever he entered the establishment, there is another Norm that is far lesser known. This is the Kawanishi E15K1 Siun, (also spelled Shiun, depending who you ask) a floatplane reconnaissance aircraft that was designed to set new standards for speed in the class. Sadly, […]

A Naugahyde Purse from a Sow’s Ear

The German obsession with multirole heavy fighters (Kampfzerstoerer, or Zerstorer – “destroyer” for short) is a predilection that cost them a lot of time, money energy and material resources that would have likely been spent better on advanced single-engined fighters. Nevertheless, the Messerschmitt Bf-110 was a passable, if not pedestrian machine. It’s supposed successor, the […]

Swift maybe, but still not all there!

When the engineers at Supermarine (producer of the legendary Spiftire) tried to rescue their oh-so portly and pedestrian Attacker from utter mediocrity, they did so by adapting what was all the aeronautical rage at the time; swept wings and tricycle landing gear. While this may not sound like much of a stretch, it was, and […]

Build Here, Get Gas!

No matter how good the fighter, bomber or recon plane, it’s utterly useless without gas. That’s just one of the sad truths about aerial warfare. However, I don’t think enough of us stop to think how it gets that gas. We build kits of the planes we like, and since they don’t fly, we don’t […]